XPN Weekend Arts Crawl…Happy New Year of the Sheep/Goat, Oscar night, and much more!

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chinese-new-year-lion-dance-680uwChinese New Year celebrations usher in the Year of the Sheep/Goat…

Sunday’s annual Chinese New Year parade starts at 10th and Spring Garden Streets with martial arts demonstrations, firecrackers, and the Philadelphia Suns performing the traditional lion dance.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a Sunday family festival around the Lunar New Year including high-energy dance performances, Japanese painting activities, and tours of the new exhibition Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano.

Independence Seaport Museum celebrates Lunar New Year Day Saturday with cultural activities, crafts, dancing and more from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

Sunday is Oscar night and many Philadelphia restaurants are screening the Academy Award telecast.  The Ambler Theater celebrates its 12th birthday with its annual Oscar party complete with red carpet and the awards in HD on the big screen.  The Philadelphia Film Society has a red carpet celebration and screening at its Roxy Theater in Center City.

Mummers-Parade-Reminder-680uwThe Mummers started a new tradtiion last year after New Years and post Fat Tuesday: Mummers Mardi Gras Parade.  This year it moves to Main Street Manayunk Sunday.

The 4th Annual Philly Bierfest Saturday takes up five floors in two buildings of the German Society of Pennsylvania with live music, German cuisine, home brew competitions, a learning lounge, and brews from lagers to bocks served by the Philly Roller Girls. A new addition this year is the Beer & Cheese Cave.

PhillyFashionWeek2013-35-of-68The 10th annual Philly Fashion Week ends with a Ready-To-Wear Show on Friday and Couture Runway Show on Saturday at the Crane Arts Building.  Designers from around the globe are represented, and proceeds benefit Evoluer House, offering programs to empower at risk urban girls.

Arts in the Open opens Friday at University City Arts League through March 20. Every spring artists are invited to show the Schuylkill Banks in a new light. Eight of last spring’s works are on display in the Arts League Gallery, creating the illusion of an outside stroll indoors.

increasing-223The BalletX Winter Series is at the Wilma Theatre featuring the company premier of the wartime-based Triptych, US premier of the emotionally complex Spanish Malasangre,  world premier of a solo performance by Julliard graduate Norbert De La Cruz III, and BalletX classic It’s Not a Cry set to Jeff Buckley’s Hallelujah.

The Book of Esther at the Gershman Y on Sunday is a contemporary dance work by NYC’s acclaimed Ariel Rivka Dance company with a Middle Eastern inspired score. It explores the journeys of Queen Vashti and Queen Esther as they struggle for freedom and survival.

One-woman show Eleanor Roosevelt: My Journey comes to the Society Hill Playhouse on Sunday for one performance. Rene Goodwin portrays Eleanor Roosevelt through twelve years as First Lady.

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